Education Fund

WCPE Education Fund Grant Application (PDF)

Application Deadline: March 31st

Please submit all grant applications for the WCPE Education Fund to:

WCPE Education Fund
PO Box 828
Wake Forest, NC 27588

or by emailing Dan McHugh

The Classical Station's Education Fund Supports Five Organizations for 2018-2019 Season

WCPE Education Fund

WAKE FOREST, NC (June 12, 2018) – The Classical Station’s Education Fund takes immense pleasure in partnering with non-profit organizations that provide musical education via direct instruction or education-based performances. Following careful review of the grant applications received between January 1 and March 31, 2018, the Education Fund Committee awarded grants totaling nearly $10,000 to five organizations for the 2018-2019 season.

The Durham Medical Orchestra (DMO) is an intergenerational, diverse group of 90+ volunteer musicians, many of whom are educationally or professionally affiliated with Duke Health. As Durham’s Northgate Mall transitions from a retail center to a multi-use community center, DMO will take part in a festival of the arts there in the spring of 2019 with support, in part, from the Education Fund. During the festival, DMO will present a concert aimed at introducing children to the “Magic of Music.” Pre-festival instructional visits to local schools will generate interest and attendance, and DMO will distribute a printed fun and educational booklet about orchestras at the concert.

Kidznotes, also of Durham, focuses on children living in poverty and offers services that include reliable after-school engagement, intensive instrumental and ensemble training, community performances, student leadership and parental engagement. It is their belief that these elements come together to provide children with a tangible layer of protection against the destructive impacts of poverty. Since its beginnings in 2010, Kidznotes has grown from 60 kindergarteners and first-graders to 450 students in K through 9th grades. Grant monies from the Education Fund will help cover the costs of instrument repairs and upkeep, plus the purchase of four new instruments.

Headquartered in Carrboro, North Carolina, Musical Empowerment’s ever-growing footprint currently partners the talents of music students from five universities in North Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and High Point) with children from underserved communities. Two more chapters are planned to launch by the end of 2018, and the program will pair more than 400 students and college student volunteers for lessons, recitals, and other performances. The grant monies will support the Music Mentorship Program – teacher training and support, development of the Musical Empowerment teaching methods, and development of the Musical Empowerment chapter resources.

Since 2012, North Carolina Chamber Music Institute has been the first and only dedicated chamber music education program in Wake County. During the 2017-18 season, the program placed 65 students in 16 small ensembles, including string quartets, piano quartets, and a woodwind quintet. With intense individual and ensemble skill-level lessons, rehearsals, and performances, students can better focus on their own talents and be fully-contributing forces in small ensembles. With their grant from the Education Fund, NCCMI will be able to offer additional need-based/merit scholarships.

Women’s Voices Chorus of Chapel Hill, North Carolinais an auditioned, community-based chorus of 70 sopranos and altos ages 16 to 85 who sing classical, sacred, and secular music. In May 2019, the Chorus will present a concert of choral music reflecting on the history of women's suffrage and the continuing importance of women’s participation in political life. This will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the Chorus will partner with the Capital City Girls Choir (CCGC) and two local high school choruses. A newly-commissioned work commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage will be the centerpiece of the program, and grant monies awarded by the Education Fund will support the production and purchase of the commission sheet music as well as funding professional quality audio and video concert recording to make the program available to a wider audience.

Each of these organizations is dedicated to helping children experience the joy of music by providing accessible, affordable lessons and meaningful performance opportunities. All of this is made possible by WCPE listeners who set aside 10 percent of their gift to fund musical education in our communities.